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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 45, November 5, 2006, Article 3

BOOK PLANNED ON COLORADO MINTERS AND ASSAYERS

>From a press release published Thursday: "Through the generosity
of the collector who owns the finest set of Colorado private gold
coins in existence, the Gallery Mint Museum Foundation (GMMF)
recently announced the sponsorship of the first in a series of
books on historical mints.

Denver businessman and philanthropist Frederick Mayer announced
his donation of $20,000 to the minting museum for the publication
and promotion of a book on minters and assayers of the Colorado
Territory. Publishing books and articles relating to the history
of minting technologies is one of the primary missions of the GMM
Foundation. Several manuscripts already are in the works, with the
Colorado book the first to find a sponsor.

The book will be authored by Lawrence J. Lee, Ph.D., researcher
and author of numerous articles on Colorado gold coins and patterns.
Dr. Lee served for three years as curator to Mayer’s superb collection
of Colorado gold coins, patterns and ingots, considered to be the
finest known. The collection is now on exhibit at a private gallery
in Denver.

The new minting book will catalog the individual coins in the
Colorado series, beginning with the state’s earliest numismatic
history in 1821 and continuing through 1863 with the end of private
gold coinage in the state. In addition to recently discovered historic
details and photographs of Colorado minters and assayers, the book
also will include information on mintages, rarities, counterfeit
detection and other aspects of collecting the coins in the Colorado
series.

Prior to announcing his donation, Mayer hosted several Mint Foundation
board members and invited guests at his Denver residence—The RedHOUSE.
Among the GMMF board members in attendance were Ron Landis, Tim Grat,
John Nebel, Ed Rochette and Bob Evans, as well as gold experts Lee,
Dwight Manley, Larry Goldberg, Don Kagin, Ken Bressett and Robert Rhue.

For more information about the Gallery Mint Museum Foundation and its
publication program, contact Ron Landis at GMMF, PO Box 101, Eureka
Springs, AR 72632 or call him at 479-981-3111. For additional information
about the Colorado book, contact Dr. Lee at 402-488-2646 or write him at
PO Box 6194, Lincoln, NE 68505."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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